Connor was so precious all day. He stood by his Dad while they said their vows, he almost dropped the rings in the sand, he was so excited about eating cake, he danced with his mom and then he nearly fell asleep in his Dad’s arms. It was a wild day for him, but a day his parents will never ever forget.
Allison looked radiant. From the moment I walked into the getting ready room to when we said our goodbyes at the end her smile was so pure. I loved rocking out to 90’s hip hop while she got her hair done. She knew most of the words! I loved watching her and Matt hug all their friends. They really do have some amazing friends! The sun was hot but it was gorgeous! I hope this was the day she imagined in her mind when she knew she wanted to marry Matt!
I am so happy for you both Allison and Matt! Congrats!
Special thanks to Christina Bounds for being my other pair of eyes!
What an adventure this past weekend was, and exhausting! When Ryan and I were newly married we went to New York City with friends for our first Christmas together and it was awesome! I’m so glad we got to go back for this, and I have kind of always wanted to do a session in NYC.
Caitlin and Matt were the perfect couple to do this for. They are fun, sweet, and so easy going. Also, they helped us navigate the subway which I am thankful for. Strolling through Central Park on such a gorgeous night made me think of all those romantic comedies. In front of the Boat House (which always makes me think of 27 Dresses) where tons of couples rowing in the little rowboats. We even walked by a couple getting engaged right in front of us. Well, and we say a few rats.
I still can’t believe I got to do this! I am so excited for their vineyard wedding this fall!!
I’ve been waiting to do this for a long long time and it is finally here. Some of it we did ourselves and, of course, that takes a lot more time. When we moved in 2 years ago I didn’t hate the kitchen, but I definitely didn’t love it. We had just renovated the kitchen in our other house and it was a little bit of a bummer moving into another older kitchen, but I knew I wanted to do this kitchen better than our last and I wanted to wait. We waited the two years to save up and to also really get to know what we liked and didn’t like. We didn’t take our time in the last house because we didn’t think we would be there long, but this house we plan to stay a little longer so I wanted it done really well.
Since October we have removed a wall, Ryan built a farm table and we renovated the kitchen. The whole house looks so different! Every morning I come down to make breakfast and it’s like Christmas morning every time. I still marvel at how much better everything looks! When we moved in I started to notice just how banged up this kitchen was. There were chunks of wood missing and it always looked dirty because you could see the brown wood contrasting with the white paint. I think the previous owners painted it and didn’t finish the inside so it felt dirty even more. I hated the old silver hardware and the paint was more yellow than white. Also, the counter tops were pink! Not hot pink, but like a baby pink.
The last kitchen was almost all DIY. The kitchen cabinets where painted, doors and hardware replaced and we did the backsplash. We paid someone to do the countertops (cheap laminate about $600) and we paid someone to install the recessed lights.
This time we shopped around. In the last house we just refaced the cabinets, and this time we wanted new cabinets. There really is a nice benefit to clean, new tracks and new wood. We went to Cabinets To Go and it was going to be about $12k for a whole new white, shaker style cabinets. We were all excited until we went to the showroom. The display they had for the shaker cabinets just didn’t sit well with me. They looked plastic. There was a weird looking bottom trim on all of them that reminded me of a Fisher-Price play kitchen. I didn’t want to spend all that money on something I didn’t LOVE, but we really wanted to go with new cabinets and everything else was a little too expensive. So we called our Carson, our guy that removed our wall and did the roof of the screened-in porch in our old house. He’s our favorite. We met with him and his favorite cabinet guy. They talked us into keeping our cabinets. They said that the wood was still really good, it would be cheaper and they could make them like new! I told them I wanted a bunch of changes in the layout of the cabinets and Carson pretty much said he could make all that happen! The whole thing would cost (including the sink and backsplash) the same as the cabinets at Cabinets-To-Go (CTG was including the granite counter top)! SO YES! Of course!
Carson came first and for about two weeks he demoed and reconstructed the shape of the cabinets. He did things like raise the microwave (it was not to code), turn cabinets in to drawer stacks, create a 45 degree cabinet (top next to the sink, and because it utilized the space better), and moved the dishwasher over for the big lazy susan cabinet. Then came Albert. He made all our doors and the shiplap in his shop and just installed it. Even the hardware is from his shop (that was a job we hated doing in our last kitchen).
Of course the process was much longer than quoted, but that’s to be expected, and it was worth the wait. I have my DREAM KITCHEN! Also, my dream sink!
There is so much that was changed and when you look below you will see more details! These guys are artists, truly! They sculpted the wood and polished it off to look brand new! THEY ARE AMAZING!
Bye bye pink counter tops, yellowing cabinets and dints and damaged wood!
HELLO DREEAAAMMMMM KITCHEN!!!!!
More of the “before” can be seen here.
Albert installed “skins” on all the insides to make them look new. No one would ever know those are the original cabinets! Carson sanded and smoothed the outside then Albert painted!
This is the “shiplap” Albert made! It looks amazing!
Best granite ever! It’s called Fantasy Brown from Stones4Kitchens! It’s a level 3 and about $2,700 for this kitchen (price is based on square footage).
Love this faucet! It’s from Lowes. About the only thing from Lowes haha.
Let me tell you about farm sinks. If you think they are all for looks and no function you’re totes wrong. This sink is amazing. It SO BIG! This pic doesn’t do it justice. I can soak a giant pot AND wash all the dinner dishes at the same time! I LOOOOOVVVEEEEE IT!!! The sink was about $600!
My grandmother gave this to me from her sink window and it is planted in a pot my great grandfather made (he was a potter in the 20’s-40’s).
This was one of my “must haves.” I wanted drawers for my pots! I know it’s weird, but let me tell you it is SOOOO much better than a regular cabinet. Things don’t fall. I don’t have to get on my hands and knees to find the right top and it stays organized because I can see everything. This use to be two regular cabinets that Carson transformed into these large drawers. Like magic!
We wanted to match the wood that is our mantle with these open shelves. This use to have a cabinet, but I have pretty things and I wanted to be able to display them. It actually saves us some money!
Here is a better look at the farm table Ryan built. We had a very cute pedestal table but we outgrew it. You can see it here. It is currently in our garage waiting for me to find it a new home. The chairs are from Target and I LOVE them! They are pretty solid and easy to clean.
Found this light on Birch Lane.
You can see in this picture where the wall was removed! Now the whole place is open! Honestly, if I had to only pick one renovation it would be that. It changed everything. Best decision ever! We had to move electrical and plumbing and it was about $1500.
The before desk area. You can really see where the sides of the cabinets were all beat up.
So I did something a little different and I shot a wedding in Atlanta, GA! Yes, what an adventure this little business has turned out to be! Oh, and stay tuned because I will be posting a New York City session in a few weeks!!!
Sarah and Matt were so wonderful to trust me with their day. They trusted me so much that they hired me when I live 4 states away! They traveled to Charleston, SC for their engagement session which was also amazing. I know that every bride has deep anticipation for their wedding day, but Sarah has a very real way of showing hers and it seemed to rub off on everyone else that surrounded her! She was the very definition of glowing. And Matt, he glowed too!
Shooting in Atlanta was fun! Foxhall is an absolute dream and I wish I lived closer! I would absolutely love to come back one day and relive the southern gorgeousness that GA has to offer!
Congrats Sarah and Matt and thank you for trusting in me and allowing me to capture your day!
SPECIAL thanks to Elise Kluge for second shooting and being my travel buddy! To my husband for driving the entire way and for Mr. Moody for hosting us and showing us a great time!
Venue// Foxhall Resort
Make Up// Savannah Bradford
Hair// Elizabeth Torma from Salons by jc
Dress// Bravura Fashion
Calligraphy// Kayla Ricks
Photography// Dani White Photography
Cake// Zell’s Cottage Bakery
Catering// Atlanta’s Finest Catering
DJ// James Holder of DJ Pi
Baby Felix is here!!
Bradley and Shawn are making a reappearance on the blog today! You might remember their gorgeous dance moves on their wedding day! You can see it here. It’s been a little over a year and now they welcome baby Felix! I love watching families go from engaged to married to new parents!
This little boy will grow up to know all the dance moves. Welcome little guy and congrats Shawn and Bradley!
These two will say “I do” on a tropical island early next year and I am SO EXCITED! I can just see Lauren in a gorgeous flowing dress on the white sand with Thomas by her side surrounded by emerald and turquoise waters. EEK! I just can’t wait!
This is just so fitting for these two. They are city folk all the way and a luxurious island getaway is just perfect as their wedding destination. It will be as relaxed as they are! Their engagement session is just the same. Relaxed, romantic, and colorful! Also, I loved that the Yorktown Onion (that big purple flower you see below) is in FULL bloom! Everywhere!
Congrats Lauren and Thomas! Can’t wait to celebrate with you on your wedding day soon!
I have been buying Cheerios for years. Honey Nut Cheerios in the brown, gold, yellow box that is clear as day honey nut flavored. It is my favorite and then it became Gracie’s favorite. She was about 3 and I was pregnant with Eli. We woke up on a Sunday morning and I realized we didn’t have cereal for Gracie and she was going through a phase where she wanted only cereal (Honey nut cheerios) or she wouldn’t eat. I knew this would be a huge fight and we needed to get to church on time. Ryan offered to go to the store and get a few things, so I told him to grab some Cheerios. After getting myself and Gracie ready I head downstairs to make breakfast and wouldn’t you know there was a giant bright yellow box of P L A I N cheerios. This box was huge. And plain. No honey nut to speak of. We had been married about 6 years at this point, and a few things ran through my head. One, oh boy here we go. My morning just got more difficult, and two, really? Has he ever seen this thing in our house before? Why would I randomly have him buy something we never eat? Why doesn’t he ever pay attention! Do I really have to explain everything tiny detail. Apparently yes, yes I do.
I have shot wedding in the middle of a hurricane, but this one was the worst down pour all day that I have seen. If it wasn’t pouring the wind was whipping and it was cold. Ken and Hilary came from Pennsylvania, hoping for a sun filled week at the beach and then ending it with this gorgeous wedding. The weather did not agree with them and gave them the worst it could. And honestly? I don’t think it shook them one bit. They were happy. They celebrated, and I didn’t hear one complaint. Their guests were wonderful and their friends surrounded them with all the love. It might not have been the physical image they had in their heads when imagining this day, but all the emotions where there. It was very romantic.
Venue// One Fish Two Fish
DJ// Dom with Astro DJ
I have yet to meet a bride that imagines her perfect day with clouds and pouring rain. Sure, there is always the plan B just-in-case, but it’s always just a plan B and never really the plan, but it does happen! I’d say 10% of my weddings have been rainy, which is a pretty low percentage so it really isn’t much to worry about, and there is always a plan with the venue, but what about with photography? What happens with the photography timeline if it rains on your wedding day? Here are the best 4 things you should know just in case it does rain on your wedding day.
- Be flexible! As much as I can, I keep an eye on the weather, and the day before I look at the hourly forecast and compare it to what the day’s events are. We might have planned to do outdoor couple’s portraits after the first look, but if it says that it will clear in the afternoon then we can just move the portrait time to after the family portraits before the reception. I do my best and keep lots of notes. Just know that these are important and it will be worth being flexible for!
- Trust me. I know I KNOW! When the rain comes and your hair and make up are done and the dress is perfect, that rain can seem very intimidating. I have 2 bubble umbrellas that I keep with me at every wedding day so that we can do cute portraits. The rain is a part of your story and this is the best way I help tell the story! Trust that I am keeping an eye for the best opportunity and your hair and dress will be just fine! Wet is a lot better than dirt! Wet does not show! So a little wet on the bottom will never show up. Also, I am always looking for cover with great light. If I know the rain won’t go away I am on the hunt for the perfect location where the light is perfect and there is plenty of cover.
- Embrace it! Like I said before, the rain is a part of your story! I am going to tell the story of your day and rain can be very romantic and sweet. If anything it brings you closer together! That umbrella is only so big so it makes your nice and cosy!
- Take comfort! For those who have a rained out day but were hoping for that amazing sunny glow for portraits, I offer “Day After” sessions! This does not have to be the day after, this can be anytime after that is convenient a few weeks after the wedding. It will cost extra for the hair and make up, but it will not cost extra for me, unless there is travel. We will plan on a sunny evening and the session is one hour. You will have the portraits you imagined so you can relax on your wedding day!
Baby Lennox is teeny tiny! No bigger than some of the toys in the room. He wasn’t much more than 5 lbs and fit just right in the crook of mom’s arm. When I held him it was almost soothing. I never had tiny babies. For some reason I make them big (Gracie was 9 lb 14 oz and Eli was 9 lbs 15 oz) so hold such a tiny human was very precious!
It wasn’t that long ago I was doing the same thing in the same room for baby Lottie who now is the big sister you see hold baby Lennox. She was also a precious tiny thing. I love seeing families grow like this!
Welcome Baby Lennox! You will grow to be a strong and kind boy!